New AMINZ Council Appointments


Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand

WELLINGTON — The Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ) has confirmed the election results for two positions on its ruling Council.

Nicole Smith (right), an arbitration practitioner based in Tauranga, with a strong browninterest in international dispute resolution, was elected for the first time to the seven-member board that oversees the country’s peak dispute resolution body.

Ms Smith, who said she was delighted to be assuming her new role, will be joined by Sophie East, who was re-elected for another term.

eastMs East (left) is a Harvard-educated litigation partner with Bell Gully and widely recognised as one of the country’s leading arbitration experts.

“There are some truly exciting things planned in the arbitration space in the next year,” Ms East said, mentioning next month’s Arbitration Day and the AMINZ-ICCA International Arbitration Day, which will be held in Queenstown on April 19, 2018.

The two women, who were elected by AMINZ members, join existing Council members Mark Colthart, Royden Hindle, Nicola Hartfield and Mark Kelly, along with the Council’s serving president, John Walton.  

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